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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Dean Baquet
Executive Editor of The New York Times
CSPAN 08/14/2014
Baquet: The time he (Jim Risen) was at the LA Times the time he was at the NY Times that’s his bread and butter. And it's been harder for him to make new sources. His current sources are nervous about talking to him. Things get slowed down because it's not like you can exchange e-mails with them or have phone conversations with them. That said, just as a plug to Jim who is a particularly tenacious reporter, I would say if you look at over the last year while he has worked up against this problem of the government going after him, he's broken big stories He was one or the two or three lead reporters we put on the story when
Dean Baquet
Executive Editor of The New York Times
CSPAN 08/14/2014
Baquet: His (James Risen’s) mood is-- he's nervous. I don't think he’s nervous because he is worried about going to jail. I think he's nervous because if you imagine covering a beat and suddenly all the people you deal with are nervous about dealing with you in particular, and this is the beat you have covered for a decade, I think that sort of throws you off your game.
Dean Baquet
Executive Editor of The New York Times
CSPAN 08/14/2014
Baquet: I can think of a lot of cases where I made a mistake. I can think of a lot of cases where I made a mistake and was too cautious. But by and large, those are the standards. It’s got to come from someone high up. It ‘s got to be very specific. I don’t want to hear that I will have blood on my hands. I don't want to hear the vague, you will help the terrorists. I want very, very specific stuff.
Dean Baquet
Executive Editor of The New York Times
CSPAN 08/14/2014
Baquet: I think that he (Snowden) provoked an important discussion that the country wasn’t having and could only have had with his disclosures. I think that Snowden gets a tremendous amount of credit. I think the country barely knew the extent of the NSA spying. I think glimpses of it and there had been stories over the years, but I think he provoked a really significant discussion and a debate that we should have had. I actually think the NSA’s position in this case is a little bit untenable. Somebody should have said, I would argue, that, is the country ready for the giant amount of spying that the NSA can do?
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